Jos Martens, now deputy head of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in Johannesburg, talks about his work in the Zambezi valley during the 1980s and 90s. Jos, a teacher, and expert in Agriculture, was instrumental in the establishment of trade unions for farmers in Zimbabwe beginning with the Binga district. He was also involved – as the only "non-Tonga" – in the Tonga Development Association, an advocacy initiative and organizational predecessor of the Basilwizi Trust.
Rosa Luxemburg Foundation: http://www.rosalux.co.za/
See, under "publications", an insightful article by Jos Martens
“How Zimbabwe Lost Its Food Sovereignty and Security”, Jan. 2012
http://www.rosalux.co.za/?page_id=292 (under: Sustainable Development)
Basilwizi Trust is a cultural advocacy organization for the communities of the Zambezi valley, the Tonga people who were displaced from their ancestry homeland during the construction of the Kariba Dam in the 1950s.
THE PEOPLE OF THE GREAT RIVER
The Tonga people who inhabit the areas in the Zambezi Valley on Zimbabweʼs northern border, are descended from those who were forcibly removed from their homes and fields in the valley in 1957 to make way for the rising waters of the mighty Zambezi River after the filling of Kariba Dam. The dam brought hydro-electric power and wealth to the country, but passed over those who were displaced, leaving them in the dark ages of exclusion for some decades after. Having lost everything their culture survived strongly as a driving force of self-assertion, resilience and development.
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